Last Night: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Fitzgerald's

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The JSBX live show is not a quiet one. Set to two screaming, raunchy guitars; rolling, broiling drums; and intense volume, Spencer's howling reminded us that we are experiencing a blue explosion.

This year one of their most beloved works, Extra Width, turns 20. Let that sink in. JSBX has reached a level of longevity that few in the punk-blues movement could ever wish for. Their continued effortless energy onstage makes bands a fraction of their age seem sallow.

I have always wanted to see the women that helped inspire Spencer's "wooooooooooh" and "waaaaaaaah." What did they look like? How tall were their go-go boots and retro beehive hairdos? Do they now run exciting and informative DIY parenting blogs in upstate New York?

Personal Bias: The blues is No. 1. Hey, I guess I could have stolen Marco Torres's line from his B.B. King review and been fine here.

The Crowd: With longevity and awesomeness come fans in the crowd Monday who saw the band on that Fitz stage in 1994. More than a few of them.

Overheard In the Crowd: "Fuck it, let's make it a four-day weekend," said an adventurous fan who will probably just make MLK Day weekend into a weeklong affair.

Random Notebook Dump: So was the whole town split last night between this show and Jeff Mangum at the Wortham? Pretty much. There was considerably more drinking at this one.

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2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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was torn also between this one and Mangum.  But, the latter being sold out and my friend's bday stuff happening at JSBX, i did the good friend thing.  RAD SHOW


Craigers, it's no mystery who makes Spencer moan. Cristina Martinez, that's who -- his wife and musical partner in Boss Hog.


I was torn between this show and Jeff Mangum; opted for Mangum as I figure I'll have a better chance of seeing JSBX before too long. I'm sure you guys had more drinking, but the Mangum show seemed to pull in every hipster in town.

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